Dr. Nazry Bahrawi specialises in the study of Muslim texts, thoughts and traditions of Indian Ocean cultures between Muslim Southeast Asia and the Middle East. His research is informed by decolonial theory, world literature, translation studies as well as literary and critical theory.
He is an associate editor of Critical Muslim (Hurst & Co.), a UK-based quarterly of ideas and issues which presents Muslim perspectives on the great debates of our times. Dr. Nazry has translated two literary works from Bahasa to English by Singapore’s Cultural Medallion winners — Mohamed Latiff Mohamed’s collection of short stories, Lost Nostalgia (Ethos: 2017) and Nadiputra’s play, Lorong Buang Kok: The Musical (Cokelat: 2012).
Beyond the academia, he has published op-ed commentaries on Southeast Asian culture and society in international media platforms such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian, South China Morning Post and Today. His broadcast media appearances as a cultural critic include current affairs programmes aired on Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, TRT World and Suria.
Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume
Selected Book Chapters
- “Weretigers in Weretexts: Cultural Translation and Indigeneity in the Malay Archipelago”. Translational Politics: Contesting Race, Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Literature. Ed.: Grace V.S. Chin. New York: Routledge, 2019 (Under review)
- “Utopia”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, Jan 2016
- “Multiculturalism”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, Jan 2016
- “Not My Bible’s Keeper: Saramago’s Cain Translates Postsecular Dissent”, Reading the Abrahamic Faiths: Rethinking Religion and Literature. Eds.: Emma Mason and Nazry Bahrawi. London: Bloomsbury, Dec 2014
- “The Myths of the Lettered Native”, SG Bicentennial, Ethos Books: Singapore, 2019
- “The Colonial Art of Telling Tales”, 200 Years of Singapore and the United Kingdom, Eds. Tommy Koh and Scott Wightman, ST Press: 2019
- (In Bahasa) “Dari Dai Nippon Teikoku ke Dai Nippon Kawaii”, Sakura Mekar di Bumi Berdarah: Koleksi Cerpen dan Sajak 75 Tahun Penjajahan Jepun di Singapura, Angkatan Sasterawan ’50: Singapura, 2018
- “A Tradition of Island Hoping”, The Birthday Book (2017): What Should We Never Forget?, The Birthday Collective: Singapore, 2017
- “Racialism in the Archipelago”, Critical Muslim (Issue 14): Power. Hurst Publishers: London, Apr 2015
- “The Devil’s Interpreter: Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd’s Humanistic Hermeneutics”, Critical Muslim (Issue 12): Dangerous Freethinkers. Hurst Publishers: London, Oct 2014
- “Textual Desires: Islam and Literature in Southeast Asia”, Critical Muslim (Issue 7): Muslim Archipelago. Hurst Publishers: London, Jul 2013
- “The Andalusi Secular: Enlightenment Ideas in Al-Andalus”, Critical Muslim (Issue 6): Reclaiming Andalusia. Hurst Publishers: London, Apr 2013
- “Hassan al-Banna, The Pragmatist”, Middle East Insights, Middle East Institute-NUS: Singapore, May 2012
- “Moderate Islam in Southeast Asia and Egypt”, East Asia Forum. Australia National University: Canberra, Australia, Oct 2011